True Satisfaction

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ~Luciano Pavarotti

I really enjoy uninterrupted mealtimes. It gives me time to savor the food and enjoy it. The first couple of months of being a mom taught me the art of gobbling my food down. Getting full was the priority, enjoying the food was an after thought. There is a difference between eating to get full and eating to be satisfied, you know, enjoy the meal and lick your plate clean with a sated sigh.

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Dining and living are not very different from each other. The way that you can eat just to quiet the hunger pangs is the same way you can go about your days just for the sake of living, without true satisfaction. The bible gives us more insight on this.

In John 4, Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman as the disciples went to get food. When they got back, they were surprised that Jesus wasn’t eating the food they had brought.

31 Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.”

33 “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other.

34 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.”

Verse 34 is so profound. True satisfaction and nourishment come from doing God’s will, because we live for an audience of ONE and finishing it. In the journey of life, I have found myself starting projects that I know fall under ‘doing God’s will’ but I fail to finish them and move onto other things. Then I wonder why I am not truly satisfied.

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Do you find yourself bouncing from one project to another but still feel dissatisfied with life?

What is it that God has called you to do?

Go against the grain {no pun intended} (: ,do the will of God, and let Him satisfy you.

Have a blessed weekend,

Bibi2be

Are You Satisfied Or Just Pacified? : Day 18

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I absolutely love this quote.

There is indeed a God-shaped void in every person. The truth is that only God can satisfactorily fill it. Efforts to fill it with other things will eventually prove futile. They may seem to fit, by filling parts of it, and making you fill less empty, but, they cannot do what God can do.

This is a pearl of wisdom that I have to keep reminding myself. Happiness is elusive, it comes and goes. When all is said and done, God remains. Contentment and satisfaction are found in Him. He is truly ALL THAT I NEED.

One of my favourite verses is:

Psalm 16:2 NIV

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    apart from you I have no good thing.”

The truth is that only God can satisfy that God shaped void within my heart. He is the source of all good things. I can never have too much of Him. He is more than enough for me. In order to find Him, I must search for Him wholeheartedly.

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Have you been pacified by the things of this world?

Are you really satisfied and content?

What is the real desire of your heart?

The prayer of the day:

Dear God,

Thank you for this timely reminder. Indeed, you knit me in my mother’s womb for Your purposes and glory. Many are the times that I have gotten sidetracked and pacified by the things of this world. I have cheated myself that I am whole, yet the God shaped void within is still longing to be filled.

Only you can satisfy me. Help me to search for you with all that I am. Teach me and speak to me. Draw me closer than I have ever been. Reveal Yourself to me that all these other things may fade in your presence. 

I long for you. My heart beats for You. Satisfy me Lord. Satisfy me.

In Jesus name I pray and believe,

Amen

The Song of the day:

May we be weaned off the pacifiers of this world and allow Him to satisfy us.

Blessings,

Bibi2be

The Quest For Contentment

Happy New Month 🙂

What do you define contentment as?

As individuals we all have a different definition of contentment. For a long time, I used to think that I would be content when a certain thing happened. After it happened I would have a greater goal to accomplish. In my folly, I even thought that achieving contentment was a good yardstick to use to measure God’s love for me. I said in my folly 🙂 . Yet I knew and I still know that the statement of His love for me was displayed at Calvary long before I was born. It’s rather sad how my desires made that fact seem a little hazy.

One day as I was going on and on about what would make me really content, my husband turned to me and told me that ‘I need to learn to be content in every circumstance. If I let my contentment be defined by events or achievements the source of my contentment will keep changing.’

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That really left me with a lot of food for thought. I realized I didn’t know how to be content regardless of my circumstances and I had to ask God to teach me what contentment is all about because I was clearly chasing after shifting shadows.

The Secret of Contentment

Psalm 26:3 (NIV)

for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.

There is a safety in knowing that God’s love NEVER FAIL and NEVER GIVES UP ON YOU.

The secret to contentment is living in reliance on His faithfulness.

Otherwise, contentment will always morph into something else having a boyfriend/girlfriend; eventually getting married; getting a car; then getting a bigger car; owning a home and land; buying designer clothes, shoes, perfumes; having a child; and having grandchildren.

At one point you think you are satisfied but after a couple of days, you realize that you desire more.

The truth is that ONLY God can satisfy us.

Psalm 90:14 (NIV)

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be  glad all our days.

Material possessions bring LIMITED joy. The things may luster for a couple of days, weeks, months and even years then a new craving strikes.

His unfailing love brings lasting satisfaction.

Being content does not translate to getting comfortable and becoming lazy. You still work hard and achieve your goals. Being content means that circumstances do not define your happiness.  It means that you are confident in God’s unfailing love regardless of how things are panning out. It may be easier said than done, but it is such a liberating way to live. Ask Paul.

Philippians 4:11b – 13 (NIV)

for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Paul really understood contentment. His searched for it and found it. Even as life threw several curve balls is way he still remained content.

originalIf our contentment is defined by our circumstances then life will seem like a very difficult obstacle course.

Happiness comes from contentment; contentment comes from knowing God and trusting His unfailing love.

May we walk in contentment.

Blessings,

Bibi2Be